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December 2013


Here is a Play Fitted  

October 1, 2013–January 12, 2014
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Denise Walen

Discover how staging Shakespeare’s plays has changed over the past 400 years.  More than 100 items—scripts and promptbooks, designs for sets, lights, and costumes, props, models, production photographs, playbills, letters, and reviews— highlight broad shifts over the centuries in the performances of Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the sometimes surprising changes made to the plays.

Tickets: FREE



Romeo and Juliet  CLOSED

October 15–December 1, 2013
Preview Dates: October 15–20, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: October 23–December 1, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Aaron Posner

The perfect poetry of Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals the heart-breaking loss of “star-crossed” love. Three-time Helen Hayes award-winning director Aaron Posner leads an outstanding ensemble, including Erin Weaver (Arcadia and The Comedy of Errors) as Juliet, Michael Goldsmith (Clybourne Park in London’s West End) as Romeo, and Eric Hissom (Arcadia, Macbeth, and Cyrano) as Friar Lawrence, into the heart of this powerful, provocative play.

Previews: $30-$40
Tue-Thu & Sun Eve: $39-$50
Fri Eve, Sat & Sun Matinee: $52-$65
Sat Eve: $54-$72



RSC Live from Stratford–upon–Avon: Richard II  CLOSED

December 2, 2013    7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

The Folger hosts a special preview screening of the first ever live cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC, captured from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and starring David Tennant as Richard II.

Tickets: $20



PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: George Saunders  CLOSED

December 6, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The 2013 PEN/Malamud Award will be presented to George Saunders, who will read from the Folger stage. A book signing and reception will follow.

Tickets: $15



Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Peter Gizzi  CLOSED

December 9, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America
In association with the Emily Dickinson Museum

Poet Peter Gizzi talks about Dickinson’s poetic legacy and reads from his own work. Wine reception follows with black cake from Dickinson’s own recipe.

Conversation moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America.

Tickets: $15



Christmas in New Spain: Early Music of Mexico and Peru  CLOSED

December 13, 2013    8pm
December 14, 2013    5pm
December 14, 2013    8pm
December 15, 2013    2pm
December 15, 2013    5pm
December 17, 2013    7:30pm
December 18, 2013    7:30pm
December 19, 2013    7:30pm
December 20, 2013    8pm
December 21, 2013    2pm
December 21, 2013    5pm
December 22, 2013    2pm
Pre-concert discussion Friday at 7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Exuberant music by 16th- and 17th-century Latin American and Spanish composers for the Christmas season and lively rhythms of early baroque dances. With vocal ensemble, guitar, harp, violin, viol, and bassoon.

Tickets: $50


Family Program

Shake Up Your Saturdays: Yuletide Shakespeare  

December 14, 2013    10am
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Happy Holidays! Families, get into the spirit of the holiday season with the poetry, games and crafts of Christmastide. Recommended ages: 6-12.

Reserve your spot!

Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: Free


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